President Donald Trump is monitoring as an active-shooter situation that is unfolding at a high school in Florida, the White House said Wednesday.
“The president has been made aware of the school shooting in Florida,” deputy press Secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement. “We are monitoring the situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.”
The Broward County Sheriff’s Department alerted residents on social media at 2:56 p.m. to “avoid the area” around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, citing a “a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter.”
The police at 3:11 p.m. said that the shooter was “still at large.” The neighboring Coral Springs Police Department, which also responded to the scene, urged students online to “remain calm and barricaded until police come to their room.”
The Broward County school district said it was “receiving reports of multiple injuries,” but the extent of the injuries is unclear.
In a social media post, the school district said students were dismissed shortly after “staff heard what sounded like gunfire.”
“The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students,” the district said.
In a tweet, the president sent his “prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting.”
“No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school,” he added.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he had been in contact with local authorities about the episode and would continue to follow the events on the ground. The governor added that he’d spoken to Trump about the situation.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and the entire community,” Scott tweeted. “We will continue to receive briefings from law enforcement and issue updates.”
Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who represents portions of Broward and Palm Beach countries, said first responders were “working to secure the school and keep everyone safe.”